Freefall

Freefall

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By (author) Mindi Scott

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  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Format: Paperback | 315 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 175mm x 25mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 11 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1442402784
  • ISBN 13: 9781442402782
  • Edition statement: Original.
  • Sales rank: 114,305

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"How do you come back from the point of no return? "Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up. Convinced that his own actions led to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely. Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who needs saving . . .

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By Aik 14 Dec 2010 3

Hmm... What should I say about Freefall? I can't say I don't like it, but I can't say I love it either. I guess I have mixed feelings about this book. Let's get to the good things first. Freefall is a portrayal of the modern teenage world - a world filled with wild, recalcitrant, obstreperous teens. Most of them love partying, drinking alcohol and do drugs. Though this is clearly a negative interpretation, it also sends a strong message to people about how awful the situation of teenage misbehaviours is.

Mindi Scott's writing is undeniably good. She uses her words to effectively craft a realistic fictitious world which encourages the reader to plunge into it. Seth McCoy is a typical sixteen year old boy - he drinks booze and enjoys himself in parties. But the difference between him and his peers are: 1) he doesn't do drugs; 2) he is drowning himself in guilt. Seth blames himself for his friend's accidental death and feels culpable for it. But he soon meets a lovely girl called Rosetta and discovers that he is not the only one with problems.

Well, this sounds great, right?

Except that's one of the main things that I'm a little disappointed in. While it has the potential to be a great story, it seems to be going nowhere - there is not a main plot but only a few subplots. And there's no climax in the story - the ending seems to be quite anti-climatic. I kept hoping to discover a great secret or two - but the secrets (both Seth's and Rosetta's) are lacking of the "shocking" factor.

The characters that I like are Rosetta and Kendall. Rosetta seems to be a pretty troubled girl because of her secrets, but she is likable. Kendall is a gutsy girl whom I learned to understand although I kind of despised her at first. I'm happy that Seth is willing to stand up for Kendall at the end even though Kendall accidentally spilled Rosetta's secrets.

Freefall will appeal to those who are looking for books with some inner depth and emotion. If you like reading If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman, you'll most likely enjoy this book.

By Valorie 02 Dec 2010 5

Freefall is a captivating novel that swept me off my feet from the very first page. This book brought me to tears, gave me strength and reminded me that everyone goes through rough patches.


This novel is blatantly honest, Freefall describes the consequences that come from making bad decisions and how it can affect everyone around you for life. It was great that Mindi put two sides in this book as well. Seth, the main character, decides to try to turn his life around, yet, you still see Daniel and his path to further self-destruction. It helps you understand everything that Seth is going through and how difficult it is for him to change even after the loss of Isaac.

I really appreciate little details that go into making a book. In Freefall the story is set up with specific times every so often, it kind of reminds me of a diary. I think this always helps readers fall into a story; it?s believable when you add specific details.

Rosetta was an interesting character to read about. To be honest I expected something completely different from her when I read the synopsis. I almost expected her to be some type of severe cocaine addict but I think what she was suffering from (devastating loss of her parents) was what brought her and Seth so close. They both felt at fault for what had happened and they both wanted so badly to fix things. It made the relationship and romance in this novel more beautiful than passionate.

I was also so happy that this isn?t another series. Not that I have anything against series but it?s always refreshing to read a good novel with a great beginning, and interesting middle and a sweet ending. The way Freefall ended was good for this novel. Nothing was set in stone, it was more like? ?Life is good!? Rosetta and Seth both grew into better people and this ending showed the outcome of that. I won?t go into detail but it really was a good novel. I remember setting this down and just sighing.

This novel was like a breath of fresh air for me. Brilliantly written and heartwarming.


I give Freefall 5 lanterns. This is a new favorite for me and even inspired me to create a new ?Favorites? area. Freefall is literally that, a free-fall into an amazing story.

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"In a genre overloaded with bubble-gum-pink teendom and paranormal dark fantasy full of fangs and fur, Mindi Scott s debut novel Freefall stands out as fresh, realistic, young adult fiction. Highlighting the dark (and yet acutely relevant) side of high school today, Scott brings to the table heavy issues that are impacting teens with a storyline that reads as real as life itself. With characters that ring true and a journey that proves honest, Freefall is no doubt sure to be one of the best contemporary young adult books of the year." --"New York Journal of Books"